Possible link between endometriosis, gum disease

March 26, 2009 1:58:50 PM PDT
A new study finds a possible connection between endometriosis and periodontal disease. This study found women with endometriosis had a 57 percent increased risk of having gingivitis and periodontitis compared with women without endometriosis.

Researchers say it's possible endometriosis might be augmented by an immune response to an infectious agent.

Endometriosis occurs when the tissue lining the uterus begins to grow and shed in places outside the uterus.

Periodontal disease is the infection and inflammation of the gums, tissues and bone around the teeth.

Researchers say it's possible endometriosis might be augmented by an immune response to an infectious agent.


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